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Floyd pitches Braves past Rockies

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DENVER -- Pitching well since coming back last month from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, Gavin Floyd cemented his return with the only missing element -- a win.

Floyd pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than two years, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Monday night.

"Even though I've felt good and felt like I've been pitching really well, it's nice to get that first one," said Floyd (1-2), who allowed only one earned run for the third time in his seven starts. "I felt like I mixed up all my pitches and kept them off balance."

He even threw manager Fredi Gonzalez for a loop when he asked him for the lineup card after the game as a keepsake. Gonzalez said he didn't realize at first that it was his first win as a Brave and his first since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

"I thought he was 3-0, 4-0, that's how well he's pitched," Gonzalez said. "But it's his first win in two years. Good for him. It was a great outing."

Floyd, who was limited to five starts last season while with the Chicago White Sox because of the elbow injury, allowed one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings in picking up his first victory since beating Cleveland on Oct. 3, 2012. Signed by Atlanta as a free agent last December, Floyd snapped a career-long six-game losing streaking dating to April 2013.

"Just for a keepsake," Floyd said of his request for the lineup card, which Gonzalez honored. "It's a new chapter with this team and it's exciting to me, the first win coming back from Tommy John. I'm just thankful and hopefully get on a roll."

Chris Johnson had three hits, including two RBI singles, to help the Braves beat the Rockies for the 15th time in 18 games since 2012. Evan Gattis had an RBI groundout and singled to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games.

"It's nice to get back and get in that big part of the field and stay up the middle and have my bat be short to the ball," Johnson said. "It was good to give Gavin that cushion because that's all he needed."

Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 17th save in 20 chances.

Christian Bergman, called up earlier Monday from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill in for the injured Jordan Lyles (broken left hand), allowed two runs and five hits in six innings in his major league debut. Originally a 24th-round draft pick out of the University of California Irvine in 2010, Bergman (0-1) struck out four and walked two in a solid outing that included singling in the third for his first major league hit.

"Overall, it went pretty well," Bergman said. "The first two innings, the nerves were there. I was able to overcome that and settle in the last two innings. The only thing that would have made it better is if we came out with a win."

The Braves got to him for their first two runs in the fourth with B.J. Upton beating out a slow roller toward third base leading off the inning for Atlanta's first hit.

Upton stole second, and after Freddie Freeman walked, went to third on a deep flyout by Justin Upton before scoring on Gattis' grounder. Johnson followed with an RBI single to center.

Corey Dickerson homered off Floyd leading off the seventh. Floyd retired the next two batters but walked D.J. LeMahieu and was relieved by Luis Avilan. Pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes doubled but LeMahieu was stranded at third when Avilan induced an inning-ending groundout by Charlie Blackmon.

The Braves got a run back in the eighth on Johnson's second run-scoring single.

Before the game, the Rockies placed Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder fracture. He was injured diving for a ground ball at third base last Thursday against Arizona.

Cuddyer said after the game doctors told him the injury could take six weeks to heal.

"It was pretty painful the past few days," Cuddyer said. "Finishing that game (Thursday) was extremely painful and now we know why."

Notes

Braves RHP Jordan Walden, placed on the 15-day DL May 10 because of a strained left hamstring, pitched a scoreless inning Sunday for Triple-A Gwinnett in his second rehab outing. ... The Braves play 19 of their 28 games in June on the road. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor (2-4) opposes RHP Juan Nicasio (5-4) in the second of the four-game series between the teams on Tuesday. ... The Rockies have not yet announced a replacement for RHP Eddie Butler, who was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start after going on the 15-day DL with rotator cuff inflammation. ... Bergman was the fourth Rockies pitcher to make his major league debut this season. The others were Butler, Chris Martin and Tommy Kahnle.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Dickerson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

C. Johnson
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF4010110 .256
B.J. Upton, CF4110123 .207
Freddie Freeman, 1B4100113 .285
Justin Upton, LF3110112 .292
Evan Gattis, C4011001 .268
Chris Johnson, 3B4032000 .260
Tommy La Stella, 2B3000113 .364
   Shae Simmons, P0000000 .000
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Andrelton Simmons, SS4000004 .258
Gavin Floyd, P3000020 .077
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   Ramiro Pena, 2B1000010 .205
Totals3437359  
Batting
RBI - Evan Gattis (29), Chris Johnson 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson (8)
SB - B.J. Upton (10, 2nd base off Bergman/McKenry)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Gavin Floyd (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (W,1-2) 6.2311341 2.57
Luis Avilan (H,4) 0.1100000 4.87
Shae Simmons (H,4) 1000010 0.00
Craig Kimbrel (S,17) 1000120 1.90
WP - Gavin Floyd (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 95-60, Luis Avilan 7-4, Shae Simmons 11-8, Craig Kimbrel 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 10-6, Luis Avilan 1-0, Shae Simmons 2-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 26, Luis Avilan 2, Shae Simmons 3, Craig Kimbrel 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF3000002 .298
Drew Stubbs, CF4000001 .315
Justin Morneau, 1B4000001 .281
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000010 .354
Corey Dickerson, LF3111120 .324
Michael McKenry, C4010011 .290
Charlie Culberson, 3B2000211 .193
DJ LeMahieu, 2B2000112 .275
   a-Wilin Rosario, PH1000011 .236
Christian Bergman, P2010000 .500
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   b-Ryan Wheeler, PH0000000 .250
   c-Brandon Barnes, PH1010000 .313
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   Franklin Morales, P0000000 .125
Totals3014147  
a-struck out for LeMahieu in the 9th
b-announced for Brothers in the 7th
c-doubled for Wheeler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brandon Barnes (9, Avilan)
HR - Corey Dickerson (8, Floyd)
SH - Charlie Blackmon (3)
RBI - Corey Dickerson (19)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Culberson-LeMahieu-Morneau
E - Troy Tulowitzki (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Christian Bergman (L,0-1) 6522240 3.00
Rex Brothers 1000130 5.14
Adam Ottavino 1211110 3.10
Franklin Morales 1000110 5.64
Pitches-Strikes - Christian Bergman 89-59, Rex Brothers 17-12, Adam Ottavino 12-8, Franklin Morales 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Christian Bergman 4-11, Adam Ottavino 1-0, Franklin Morales 1-1
Batters Faced - Christian Bergman 26, Rex Brothers 4, Adam Ottavino 5, Franklin Morales 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28817
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Gabe Morales, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Jordan Baker